American Veteran 01

James W. Thomas

September 3, 1927 ~ February 7, 2021 (age 93)


James William Thomas Sr. was born to Anna Harrell Thomas and Charles Thomas on September 3, 1927 in Cincinnati Ohio. His sister Elizabeth “Coot” Brown and brother Michael Lacey preceded him in death. James grew up in a Christian Family and attended Corinthian Baptist Church in Newport Ky with his beloved wife Lillian L. Thomas who preceded him in death.

James was also preceded in death by his sons, Anthony Thomas, and Lebron Mann.

James attended Cincinnati Public Schools for his education before enlisting in the Air Force of the United States serving as Corporal with 332d Airdrome Group Squadron F earning a World War II Victory Ribbon. He was honorably discharged in 1948.

James began his working career in the restaurant industry and then went to work for Cincinnati Milacron later known as Cast Fab where he would eventually retire. After retirement James drove for Meals on Wheels and had many hobbies which he enjoyed such as his extensive Music Collection, playing music as JWT the DJ for family and friends. James loved to cook and his favorite method to cooking was Barbecuing, his ribs were the best.

James was very active in the organizations he participated in. Known as Brother James Thomas he held many positions in his masonic travels:

  • Kentucky Colonel 12/3/1986 By Gov. Martha Lane Collins
  • Past Master of Newport Lodge 120
  • Treasurer of Newport Lodge 120
  • Past Potentate of Aleikum Temple 96
  • Manager of Grenadier Club 7years (Aleikum Temple 96)
  • 33rd, Degree Mason, Hiram Consistory 123
  • Royal ARC Mason No. 5, Covington KY
  • Order of the Eastern Star 105 Chapter, Newport KY
  • Mason of the year 1988 Newport Lodge 120
  • New Candidate Instructor for Newport Lodge 120

To his family and close friends, James became well-known for his good-spirited wise cracks and clever comedy. The past few years of his life he resided at The Seasons of Alexandria a BLC community with his beloved Lou until her death. James enjoyed his time there and was very much loved by the staff, nurses, and aides. James always kept the girls on their toes, he was a charmer never denying a hug while sweet talking his way to an extra $2.00 for his pockets.

He leaves to mourn his passing loving daughters Jennifer Thomas, Felicia Mann, Patricia Mann-Williams (Gary) sons, James W. Thomas Jr., Jerome Thomas (Joyce) a host of grandchildren, and great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Very good friend till the end Robert Ingguls we know as Mr. Granville.

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 Service Program


VISITATION ONLY (50 People Max) Face Mask and Social Distancing Required
February 19, 2021

11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Preston Charles Funeral Home (Lockland)
400 N. Wayne Avenue
Lockland, OH 45215

Graveside Service
February 19, 2021

1:30 PM
Dayton National Cemetery
4400 W Third Street
Dayton, OH 45428

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